Folks, I am delighted to give the top spot this morning to my friend, Owen Strachan. Owen also has a new book out today called The Colson Way. I hope you’ll join me in ordering it. It is a solid read on Chuck Colson and his ministry. Please order the book and thanks to Owen’s boldness in the post below.
“As a society, we have tolerated a culture of death. But now the lights are on, and the opportunity for reckoning is at hand. Let us not quiet our consciences.”The third undercover video exposing Planned Parenthood from the Center for Medical Progress is out. By now, the takeaway from this media is clear: this is our Auschwitz.
Some might recoil at this statement. Wait a minute, they’re thinking, cool your jets. Auschwitz was a concentration camp. That’s not Planned Parenthood. In the simplest terms, no, Planned Parenthood is not a concentration camp. It is not performing ethnic cleansing (anymore). It performs certain medical services that are of value to women. But for decades, the real “value added” function of the organization has been this: it has provided a safe and legal way for the killing and disposal of babies.
Sometimes, people make this connection where it’s not warranted. This, however, is a cultural moment that put things in black and white. Planned Parenthood is facilitating preposterous acts of evil. In its abortion-and-fetal-tissue-business, it is doing the following: 1) killing innocent lives, 2) desecrating their bodies, and 3) profiting from these bodies.
Our muddy moral moment might obscure this searing truth: we are not simply keeping up to speed with the Nazis. We are outpacing them. Planned Parenthood is operating by a for-profit motive that was largely alien to the Third Reich. The point of the Final Solution was not profit. It was extinction of the Jews and other disposable persons. But for Planned Parenthood, extinction is not enough. They want to make money off of slaughter.
Meanwhile, the public watches them do it, impassive, uncertain, feeling powerless—some combination of all three. What else would you expect from a populace that has been indoctrinated on this very matter?
Perhaps now we understand how so many Germans could turn a blind eye as one gold-star-wearer after another was removed from the apartment building. A great disappearance has happened among us. Abortion is responsible for an anti-rapture. The tiny and defenseless have vanished, and we are left to wonder where they have gone.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me” (Matt. 19:14). America said, “Let the little children go away, and be destroyed.” The angel of destruction is in our midst. He has been invited in. He has been asked to target the least of us, little children. He is cautioned not to work too hastily, however, for there are organs to harvest. America is not only killing its children. It is peddling them. Their broken bodies are categorized, classified, and purchased. Truly: what worse evil can we imagine?
As a society, we have tolerated a culture of death. But now the lights are on, and the opportunity for reckoning is at hand. Let us not quiet our consciences. Let us not fail to seize this moment to save many more tiny boys and girls. Let us not miss the opportunity to do good. In this horrible instance, doing good means making clear what Planned Parenthood is: our Auschwitz.
Owen Strachan is the author of The Colson Way: Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World (Thomas Nelson, July 2015). He is a professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and President of The Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. Visit www.TheColsonWay.com for more information.